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Djembe Consultants And Afrilabs Unveil Report To Build A Resilient Innovative Africa During A Pandemic

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Djembe Consultants, the award-winning Africa-focused communications consultancy, today launched its latest Insights Report in partnership with AfriLabs, the largest pan-African network of technology and innovation centers. The report assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the continent’s young innovators and entrepreneurs and provides perspectives from industry experts as to how African decisionmakers from both the public and private sectors can accelerate support across the full innovation spectrum including education, inclusivity, investment, policy, and research, and development. The report was launched during a panel discussion at the virtual 5th AfriLabs Annual Gathering.

Entitled Building a Resilient Innovative Africa, the report is a result of a survey of over 1,000 pan-African innovators, entrepreneurs, and start-ups from both Djembe’s and AfriLabs’ vast innovation and entrepreneurship networks. Framed within the context of key milestones for the continent, including the impending African Free Trade Continental Area (AfCFTA), UN SDGs, and the African Union Agenda 2063, the report also brings together the expert perspectives of individuals from some of the continent’s leading development and private sector organizations including the African Union, African Development Bank, Afreximbank, Honoris United Universities, Mastercard Foundation, Mozilla, SMART Africa, and UN Women amongst others. It features unique insights from regional innovations hubs as well as celebrates inspiring African homegrown innovation success stories.

Djembe Consultants’ Chief Executive Officer, Mitchell Prather, commented, “Djembe’s latest Insights Report reaffirms our strongly held belief that the African innovation ecosystem is singularly the most important enabler of widespread socio-economic development. Despite the innate resilience African innovators and SMEs have shown during this challenging year, this ecosystem urgently needs the further intervention of policymakers and industry supporters to create a more conducive environment for innovators and SMEs to survive and thrive. While the uncertainties of COVID-19 continue to threaten economic stability and growth, future economic prosperity can be greatly enhanced by nurturing the African innovation spirit to prepare the continent for incredible success, just when it needs it most.”

Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director at AfriLabs and contributor to the report, added, “The continent’s survival DNA, always durable to internal and external shocks of all shapes and forms, proves a resilience in its youthful demographic, one that is constantly creating, innovating, and looking ahead. Though we are have observed policymakers and governments step up to varying degrees, more needs to be done to drive greater innovation inclusivity from securing access to data, to reimagining education, investing in R&D, and supporting international expansion. By building a more resilient innovative Africa, the region can truly embrace its full potential.”

Scaling Homegrown Innovations Beyond Borders

The majority of the entrepreneurs (90%) are likely to need to or be able to scale their business in the wake of COVID-19 74% say they are currently exploring the possibility of entering international markets 51% indicate that while they are aware of state support, they find this support to be inadequate in meeting their current business scaling needs.

The majority of innovators and startups (42%) see innovation hubs as potential platforms to access funding, followed by networking opportunities, capacity building, and R&D. Strengthening Policy Development to Encourage R&D and Innovation

Investor funding is the number one issue governments must address to build innovation resilience. This is followed by fostering entrepreneurship and eradicating corruption
Driving Innovation Inclusivity – Women, Youth, and Informal Markets

The majority of entrepreneurs (45%) feel that the creation of expanded market opportunities for homegrown businesses is the main key driver of innovation inclusivity. This is followed by the provision of support services and the curation of capacity development programs to address the unique challenges of operating in the informal markets are key to driving innovation inclusivity on the continent

A high proportion of respondents (41%) do not feel there is enough support from the private and public sector to drive greater inclusivity within hubs and the wider innovation ecosystem
The full report can be accessed online here.

Djembe Consultants was recently appointed as the Official Communications Partner for AfriLabs and will be developing customized training workshops for AfriLabs’ community members and partner hubs across the continent. Follow Djembe Consultants on social media for further updates.

About Djembe Consultants:
Named after the West African drum, Djembe Consultants is an award-winning African-focused communications consultancy with a mission to become the communications partner of choice in Africa by combining global expertise, local market capabilities, and customized solutions to deliver best-in-class services to clients. Djembe has a wholly integrated network of full-time professionals in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

Djembe is committed to changing the African narrative by providing a wide range of reputation management capabilities including crisis communications, digital engagement, event management, expert positioning, international stakeholder engagement, media engagement, public affairs advice, brand development, and design application. The Consultancy offers advice on market entry strategies pertinent to the nuances of individual African countries in a global context. Djembe’s reputation management work is built upon powerful, research-driven communications strategies that very often dovetail with highly complex stakeholder environments. Visit www.DjembeConsultants.com for more information.

About AfriLabs:
Founded in 2011, AfriLabs builds a community around rapidly emerging tech hubs – innovation spaces that serve as meeting points and communities for developers, entrepreneurs, and investors.

AfriLabs is a network organization of 225 innovation centers across 47 African countries. AfriLabs is committed to supporting hubs to raise successful entrepreneurs that will create jobs and develop innovative solutions to African problems. AfriLabs believes that supporting the development of the African technology and innovation ecosystem enables Africa to participate in the global knowledge and innovation marketplace thereby stimulating economic growth. Visit www.AfriLabs.com to learn more about AfriLabs.

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‘I Have Spoken With President Buhari Who Is Committed To End The #EndSARS Impasse’ : Nana Akufo-Addo

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President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has also reacted to the Lekki tollgate shooting that occurred on Tuesday, October 20.

Reacting via his Twitter handle, Akufo-Addo says he has spoken with President Buhari and that the president is committed to ending the end SARS impasse.

His tweets read:

”I join all well-meaning persons in calling for calm, and the use of dialogue in resolving the #EndSARS impasse in Nigeria. I have spoken with President Buhari, who is committed to this end, and has begun the processes that will lead to reform.

Violence, be it on the part of the Police or protesters, cannot be the solution. To the families who have lost their loved ones, I express my sincere condolences, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

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ECOWAS Finally Speaks On Ongoing #EndSARS Brutalities In Nigeria

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ECOWAS has finally spoken on the brutalities being meted out to the #EndSARS protestors in Nigeria.

In a statement released by the president of ECOWAS Commission, H.E Jean Claude Kassi Brou, the commission called on the protestors to exercise their right in a non-violent manner.

They also called on the Buhari administration to speed up the investigations into the shooting and senseless killing of citizens who are exercising their freedom and rights

Read the full statement below:

ECOWAS Speaks on #EndSARS brutalities

ECOWAS Speaks on #EndSARS brutalities

The youth in Nigeria have been fighting against police brutalities in the country for weeks now.

ECOWAS has been silent all these while. There have been calls on the leadership of ECOWAS and the UN to speak on the brutalities.

But they were ‘reluctant’ until soldiers opened guns on peaceful protestors in Lekki killing several unarmed youths.

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Prophet Nigel Reveals What The Mother Of Shatta Wale Did That Gave Him Unexplainable Wealth

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The Leader of Prophetic Hill Chapel, Worldwide Prophet Nigel Gaisie has disclosed what the mother of Shatta Wale did which has pushed the artist into an unexplainable wealth.

The prophet has debunked rumors that the source of wealth of Charles Nii Armah Mensah popularly known as Shatta Wale is through “juju” means. However, he disclosed that his mother is the main reason why her son is wealthy.

Prophet Nigel Gaisie made this revelation during an interview on Koi TV when he was asked to choose between Shatta Wale and Stonbwoy. Nigel chose Stonebwoy on grounds that he has a personal relationship with him nut admitted that both artists are good.

“Shatta Wale is a clean guy. Those times when he used to pray in the mornings and evenings some years ago when he was still Bandana from Ghana. His mother who was a God-fearing woman attended church programs with the photo of Shatta Wale in her hands asking for prayers for him. Shatta Wale is rich because of his mother” he disclosed.

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